By / June 9, 2023

Colorado Legalizes Online Cannabis Sales

The governor of Colorado has signed a bill allowing online cannabis sales in his state after more than ten years of legalization.

The text, voted on and then signed into law, removes the passage of the law that explicitly prohibited the sale of cannabis over the Internet. At the same time, it added regulations to allow online cannabis sales.

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Details of Online Cannabis Sales Bill

Adults aged 21 and over will still have to pick up their cannabis products in-store physically but will be able to view and purchase their cannabis online before going to the store.

The online cannabis sales bill signed by Democratic Governor Jared Polis calls for retailers to verify the customer’s name and age at the time of online purchase and for this information to match the identification the customer provides when picking up the products.

In addition, the online cannabis retailer will have to provide buyers with “digital versions of all warning or educational materials that the cannabis retail store is required to display and provide on its licensed premises.” Customers will be required to “acknowledge receipt” of these documents before completing their online cannabis purchase.

Online Cannabis Sales Bill Addresses Safety Concerns

“This online cannabis sales bill is primarily aimed, from my perspective, at reducing cash in the cannabis industry, which is extremely important, because when there’s a lot of cash in an industry, it can lead to disturbing results, including theft,” said Republican Senator Kevin Van Winkle at last month’s plenary session.

“It exposes them to a considerable amount of potential theft and other things.”

Further Measures Required for Cannabis Industry

State lawmakers are also hoping that Congress will finally come to grips with the need for greater measures beyond online cannabis sales. There are many financial and public safety issues unique to the cannabis industry, and further regulations, such as the bipartisan Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, are needed.

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